Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, by S. Christine Ernstes

holyspiritFirst Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Gospel: John 1:29-34

“Here I am, Lord.  I come to do your will.”
On this Sunday, we begin “ordinary” time in the Church year.  No time is “ordinary” if our hearts are open to God’s call.  In today’s readings, we hear three calls.  God’s call to Isaiah to be a servant–a servant who will be a light to the nations and bring salvation to the ends of the earth.  Paul, who is called, in turn, calls the people of Corinth, who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus to be a holy people.  John, the Baptizer, who has been called to prepare the way of the Lord, is now called to step aside for the “Man who is to come.”  We too, are called to have our hearts open to God’s call to us from wherever it may come: family, friends, circumstances, or God’s soft whisper.

Lord, let my heart, mind and ears be attentive to your call during this “ordinary” time ahead.  May we, like John, be willing to give up our plan to follow the call that God has for us.
Christine Ernstes, OSF

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